Gerry Adams has talked about his support for same sex marriage, and how his views have evolved over the years.
The News Letter asked the Sinn Fein president about the topic after he voted ‘ta’ (yes) at Ravensdale in Co Louth.
We put it to him that republicans would have been unsympathetic to such matters during the 1970s, and asked what his own views were then.
“Well I would have been fairly relaxed even though someone of my age probably came up with a stereotypical view, not a lot of consciousness, I would never have used a pejorative term such as queer or anything,” he said.
Asked about any implications for Northern Ireland of Yes vote in the Republic, if it happens, he commented on the changing attitudes and said that he was struck by the low level of protest when civil partnerships were first carried out in Belfast City Hall.